Four paramilitary personnel killed, injured in bomb blast in Salahuddin

Unidentified gunmen attack a checkpoint of Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi

Salahuddin ( Four paramilitary personnel were killed and injured in a bomb blast in Tuz Khurmatu town, in Salahuddin, a security source from the province said on Wednesday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said “one of the personnel of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) was killed, while three others were wounded, in the evening, as a bomb went off in Hamreen region, on Tuz Khurmatu-Tikrit road.”

The bomb, according to the source, “was placed on the side of a road and exploded as the patrol was passing.”

The victim was transferred to forensic medicine department, while the injured were taken to hospital for treatment, the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014. However, the group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, UNAMI said in a report in December.

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